Matt Kenseth needs help to win NASCAR title

Matt Kenseth leads the Chase for the Championship standings by eight points over Jimmie Johnson....

Matt Kenseth leads the Chase for the Championship standings by eight points over Jimmie Johnson. (Getty)

DEAN MCNULTY, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 7:52 PM ET

Matt Kenseth did himself a huge favour by winning the pole position in the No. 20 Toyota for Sunday's NASCAR Sprint Cup Ford EcoBoost 400 at Homestead Miami Speedway.

But it doesn't erase the 28-point deficit he must overcome to keep Jimmie Johnson and the No. 48 Chevrolet from winning a sixth Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship.

What it does do is give Kenseth a virtual guarantee that he will have premium track position as a result of getting the prized No. 1 pit stall.

It will be up to Kenseth and his Joe Gibbs Racing team, however, to make use of that position when the car is in race trim.

On Saturday in final practice for the final race of the Sprint Cup season, the No. 20 team appeared to have solved the problems that plagued Kenseth last week at Phoenix International Raceway by topping the speed chart with a lap of 171.980 m.p.h.

Remember, Kenseth went into the Phoenix race just seven points back of Johnson, but came out of it 28 down.


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